The Ecphorizer

to Hatun Raymi
Sheryl L. Nelms

Issue #45 (May 1985)

the beets are ready

plumped and shouldering
out of their rows

I pull them

shake them
tumble them
into my basket

tussle them to the back porch

dump them
hose them
plop them

back into the basket

carry them to the kitchen
to can

my rubies of summer 

SHERYL NELMS is a widely published poet (over 500 poems so far) and editor of little magazines. Besides managing a family with three teenagers, she plays racquetball and rides a dirt bike.  She is a native of Marysville, Kansas.

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